CIB analyst completes summer internship at Mercom Corporation
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CIB analyst completes summer internship at Mercom Corporation

Last summer, Fabio Molano, a longtime CIB executive who has been serving as director of the organization since the fall of 2017, completed an internship with Mercom Corporation. Mercom is a technology firm specializing in providing mission-critical operations support to the United States government. We recently spoke with Fabio and asked him some questions about his experience at Mercom and the way his CIB experience at CCU helped him to respond to the challenges of that competitive internship. Continue reading

CIB analyst joins elite intelligence program at University of Cambridge
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CIB analyst joins elite intelligence program at University of Cambridge

In the summer of 2019, Joseph Cain, longtime CIB executive and head of the organization’s Latin America Desk, was accepted in the Cambridge Security Initiative’s International Security and Intelligence (ISI) program. This elite program takes place at the University of Cambridge in England and features the participation of top officials from the CIA, MI6, NSA, and other Western intelligence agencies. Last summer’s ISI featured talks by Chris Inglis, former deputy director of NSA, and Sir Richard Dearlove, former director of MI6. Continue reading

CIB executive is awarded prestigious internship in DC
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CIB executive is awarded prestigious internship in DC

Soon after graduating from Coastal Carolina University with a degree in Intelligence and National Security Studies (August 2019, summa cum laude), CIB executive Tyra Bjorlo was awarded a prestigious internship to research al-Qaeda with the Critical Threats Project of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, DC. Internships with the AEI’s Critical Threats Project are considered some of the most competitive in the nation’s capital. Continue reading

Longtime CIB member and Russia expert studies abroad in Kazakhstan
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Longtime CIB member and Russia expert studies abroad in Kazakhstan

Madison Nowlin first joined the CIB in the spring of 2016. Since that time, she has served the organization from multiple positions. As of September 12 of this year, Madison is studying International Relations at Narxoz University in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where she will be staying until December 18. We caught up with Madison via email and asked her a few questions about her current study-abroad experience. Continue reading

CIB analyst studies abroad in Japan
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CIB analyst studies abroad in Japan

In the spring of 2017, Julia Emory became the CIB’s first-ever Japan analyst. In August of 2017, a few months after undertaking her CIB research, Julia moved to Japan, where she studied for 10 months at Osaka Gakuin University. We spoke with Julia about her time in Japan and the connection between her stay there and her work for CIB. Continue reading

CIB Saudi Arabia analyst reflects on the lifting of women’s driving ban
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CIB Saudi Arabia analyst reflects on the lifting of women’s driving ban

CIB Saudi Arabia Analyst Antigua Clyburn spent much of 2017 researching the development of women’s rights in the Kingdom. In April of this year, she concluded her analytical assessment with the following sentence: “It can be stated with moderate-high confidence that women will gain more rights in Saudi Arabia in 2017”. The senior Intelligence and National Security Studies major and Geographic Information Systems minor from Sumter, South Carolina, was spot on. In September, a royal decree lifted the ban on women drivers in the conservative Sunni country. We spoke with Antigua about her reaction to the news from the Kingdom. Continue reading

CIB analyst refines skills by studying in Russia
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CIB analyst refines skills by studying in Russia

In the 2015-2016 academic year, Coastal Carolina University student Emily Clingenpeel was an analyst in the Chanticleer Intelligence Brief’s Europe Desk. The Intelligence and National Security Studies major and Global Studies Minor specializes in Eastern European affairs, with an emphasis on Russia. This fall, Clingenpeel took an extra step in her specialization, by going to Russia to study. She is currently a student at the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, where she focuses on Russian Language study, through a program provided by the American Institute of Foreign Study (AIFS). We caught up with her during a rare break from her many trips throughout Russia and Eastern Europe and asked her a few questions about her study-abroad experience and its connection to her CIB training. Continue reading